So, this morning we decided to take a short taxi ride to the Quinta de los Molinos Botanical Gardens. It was a nice gentle introduction to Cuban birding in a relaxed traffic free green space in the urban sprawl. The endemics Red-legged Thrush and Cuban Blackbird were easily found as were the first of what was the most common wintering warbler - Palm Warbler. A female Black-throated Blue Warbler and an Ovenbird were slightly less expected and Common Ground Doves were common. Other endemics were 3 Cuban Emeralds and a showy Cuban Pewee with a gorgeous Black-and-white Warbler, Tennessee Warbler and American Redstart being the best of the rest. On the walk back my first Antillean Palm Swift hawked over the road.
Common Ground Dove